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that's a problem for future Homer man.
I don't envy that guy.
In that clip Marge has just reminded Homer of the importance of relationships and giving them a priority in their life and he as you just heard it is great wisdom says ass, that's not my problem.
That's a problem for future Homer.
Well, I sure don't envy that guy and then for whatever reasons he makes his mayonnaise and vodka and drinks it and collapses now, we will eventually understand the connection to that.
So just hang on to that illustration of stupidity as we talked about these verses in Philippians.
Paul says in Philippians chapter 4 there for my brothers and sisters you whom I love and long for my joy and Crown stand firm in the Lord in this way dear friends.
I plead with Yoda and I plead with Zindagi to be of the same mind in the Lord.
Yes, and I asked you my own True Companion help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the Gospel.
Clement and the rest of my co-workers whose names are in the Book of Life rejoice in the lord always I will say it again Rejoice let your gentleness be evident to all the Lord is near do not be anxious about anything but in every situation by prayer and petition with Thanksgiving present your requests to God and the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Now, I kind of want to walk through this passage this morning as we continue our series through the book of Philippians and just sort of teach through it.
So it's it's kind of a group bible study this morning as we walked verse by verse and and look at notes on this passage and try to understand a little better.
I think when you look at these verses as a whole Paul is teaching a big and a bigger picture.
He's reminding them of two levels of thought that they need to have in mind in terms of the conflict in the church and in turn Being obedient to God in their own life and in their city as a witness to the gospel.
The big picture is his relationship with the Philippians and their common relationships that each of them have with God.
That's the first layer that he continually kind of brings to the mind of the Philippians as he writes to them.
Look at verse 1 for example there for my brothers and sisters you whom I love and long for my joy and Crown stand firm in the Lord in this way dear friends.
So he's empathizing their relationship that they have with each other that they're his brothers and sisters that he loves them.
And I long for them that there is Joy that's a big part of his emphasis.
But he's also a besides things our relationship with the Lord stand firm.
And that's the thing that he already brought forward in chapter 1 verse 27 really the the dominant theme of the letter that they would stand firm as witnesses to Christ in their city in their situation and it's the same.
We saw in one of the premier of verses and chapter one where he says look he who began a good work in you to those in Philippians will be faithful to complete it and we talked about that the first week in this series that he's referring to acts 16 to the fact that they all shared this common experience of the birth of the church in Philippi where God did miraculous things and he saying hey just the way he began in our life just waiting began in our church in our community.
He's going to be faithful to complete it until he's reminding them of those things.
We have a relationship with each other.
I love you I care for you.
You are my joy and we have a relationship with God.
He began to work in our lives.
We all have that in common and he's continuing to work in our lives verse to us.
As I plead with you you odia and plead with Cindy key to be of the same mind in the Lord against he's reaching back the things he's already covered some might argue that a lot of what he's discussed in the book of Philippians leads up to this moment of addressing some conflict in the church.
And so he sang Remember When I said this in Chapter 2 that if there's any comfort in Christ, if there's any encouragement in Christ, if there's any compassion in your life as a result of Christ's presence, then make my joy complete.
He says them Philippians 2 and be of the same mind with one another and used to this exact same language in chapter 4 where he's saying I plead with yodea and send a key to be of the same mind in the Lord.
And then reversed three he continues.
Yes, and I asked you my True Companion probably a reference to other leaders in the church or the one who was the intended recipient of this letter that would go and read it to the congregation as a whole.
Yes, and I asked you my True Companion help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the Gospel along with Clement.
And the rest of my co-workers whose names are in the book of life.
It's interesting in this culture.
Paul does not hesitate to affirm women at the same level with men in terms of being his cult leaders and advancing the gospel.
That would have been unusual in the Jewish wedding and extremely unusual in the Roman setting but for Paul its usual just to bring their names up and complimented not separate them and say their co-workers along with Clement and their name just like the other co-laborers in the gospel is in the Book of Life Paul's plea for others to help these women again is more of the consider others needs from chapter 2, so not The women is he saying hey Bill the same mind he sang the other leaders hate.
You need to help these women.
You did help you need to help resolve this just like he's commanded in chapter to consider others needs better than your own needs.
So get involved.
Don't just watch something like a car wreck and just got the boy.
I hate them.
I hate that that's happening.
But I'm not getting involved.
He's commanding and Commander these leaders to get involved and help Unity come about now the context of the big picture that first level that Paul is teaching In.
This passage is are the big picture is our relationship with each other and our common relationship with God that fits within the bigger picture.
He places the context of our relationship with each other and a relationship of God inside the the frame of a bigger picture which is what God is doing in and through us he refers to this as the gospel.
Will you test that talk to him about the talks about it as the coming of the kingdom of God.
That's the bigger picture God is doing something in and through us and so our relationships with one another and a relationship with God they fit in that larger context of what God is doing in and through the church to display his character his goodness to advance his kingdom until when he talks about helping these co-laborers in the gospel.
Look at what it with the way he built his case for that.
He says HealthEast co-laborers in the gospel because their names are in the book of life.
Now the way that you were sleeping would have heard this they would have immediately thought about what he said just a few moments earlier in chapter 3 where he talks about our citizenship is in heaven.
They would have had that come to their mind because in the city Philippine citizenship was a big deal.
It was a Roman Colony there would have been a list there would have been a book of citizens and it would have been a big deal to say my name is in that book.
I am a citizen of Phillipi there would have been expectations and responsibilities because it's a Roman Colony.
So your name is in that book of citizenship and you're expected to behave a certain way in our city among other things to honor Caesars on her wrong and kind of live up to that citizenship got a standard and Paul says early earlier in chapter 3.
He says our citizenship is in heaven just a little bit earlier in the reading of this this letter out loud.
And now he says our names are in the Book of Life.
And so we're on that role if we follow Christ as citizens of Heaven are name is in that book and because of that we should realize that are it it were called for something that's larger than our own lives our own will our own Kingdoms.
We said this a couple of weeks ago.
If we're not careful.
We'll use the illustration of being on a trip and seeing all those signs that say see Rock City I've ever seen those signs when you're traveling somewhere in the South and it you know, there's so many of them and you just come over and over and before you know it you think will honey.
Let's just get off and then if you could almost kind of, you know, forget where you were going to begin with you just get lost and all those pecan logs, you know and stuff that you can buy and eating.
Hey, let's get it.
Let's get a Smokey Bear and take that back to the kids.
It's hey, look here's a mod.
So, you know and you can kind of slip off that originally intended journey and we can do that in our walk with Christ where we accept salvation and say, that's awesome.
But then we just get back and go along with their own life the way we envisioned them and we plan them and our lives become about us.
And our Kingdom's to use that language and our our our egos and our pride and so there can be conflict in the church and people can say well I'm not apologizing let him apologize.
He's the one that said that I can't believe they did that.
You don't know how many years I've gone to that church given to that church over the years.
I'm not no.
No, they can figure it out.
They can they can do it.
Because why would I have that Spirit?
Why would I have that attitude?
Because my life is about me and my kingdom and Robbie's pride has been hurt and I'll be doggone if I'll be the one that apologizes because it's all about me and my kingdom and I've got this conflict in the church evidently.
It's risen to such a level that there's Division and evidently it is fair that you can assume.
There's not a clear answer because Paul would have been certain if it was, dr.
If you read the let the rest of Paul's letters in the New Testament, he never hesitated ever to say, okay.
Here's the issue then thinks this Robbie thinks that okay.
Robbie's wrong Bend right?
Here's the here's the correct Doctrine on that issue.
He never hesitated to give a firm clear answer.
He doesn't give an answer here at all or take sides at all.
So it seems like it's more of a conflict with there's not a clear answer and somebody's got to Value something higher than their own Pride are there on desired be right or how it's going to look or I'm not going to be the one and he's a peeling peeling them to thing.
About those two levels of big and bigger picture you need to think about the big picture of your relationships with each other and the fact that you've all share this commitment of going on your knees before Christ and saying you're my Lord and you're my savior and even bigger than that that God is using the church.
He's using all of us in a relationship with him to be a witness in this world.
If your citizens not of this world your citizens of heaven and your name is in the Book of Life and the way we behave and the way we treat one another and away we resolve conflict not just in the church, but I never said in the workplace and in our home the way we live our lives is a witness to something so much bigger than our self listen to reference to the names written in the Book of Life.
They would have understood that I understand what you're saying just like this city.
There's a citizenship that were responsible for our names are there and it's so much bigger than just our own wheel or our own way or our own little kingdom and he caused them to think larger about what's going on in the life of the church.
I really believe in in beginning of verse for he kind of applies what he's challenging them to do even more and more focus and so he says rejoice in the lord always I will say it again Rejoice let your gentleness be evident to all the Lord is near he continues do not be anxious about anything but in every situation by prayer and petition with Thanksgiving present your requests to God And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Now, we talked last week a little bit about rejoicing in the Lord and what do you means there is put your your focus on the Lord celebrate him don't don't put all your eggs in the basket of your career or your reputation or your pride or your ego or how you look to others put all your eggs in the baskets rejoice in the Lord who he is.
We talked about remembering what he's done for us and in renewing our commitment to him and reimagining the rest of our lives in the sense of trusting in the Lord rejoicing in the Lord.
What if the Lord was everything
What if I could trust him?
What if I didn't have to get an ulcer as I watched the news?
What if I didn't have to worry worry worry, how am I going to pay for my kids college?
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